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Best Bra After Breast Augmentation

Most women are excited to go shopping for brand new bras after their breast augmentation surgery. New styles suddenly fit and look great! Before going out to buy up a whole new selection of bras, though, it’s important for patients to remember a few things that ensure their complete recovery from augmentation surgery.

Most women are excited to go shopping for brand new bras after their breast augmentation surgery. New styles suddenly fit and look great! Before going out to buy up a whole new selection of bras, though, it’s important for patients to remember a few things that ensure their complete recovery from augmentation surgery.

Wear a Bra Day and Night for the First Eight Weeks

The first weeks following breast augmentation are an important stage of your recovery. Because of this, it’s essential for patients to wear a bra that provides support for the breasts throughout the first eight weeks of recovery, preventing the implants from falling to the sides or “bottoming out” (when the implants move unfavourably downward). Although this complication isn’t common, some patients develop weaker scar tissue, providing less internal support for the implant. Surgeons are unable to determine who is at risk for this issue until implant displacement occurs. Wearing a bra helps to provide extra support during the healing process. In addition, some patients may receive extra support from a tensor bandage, wrapped around the chest at the top of the breasts. This bandage would be worn for the first two weeks.
<h3=”doc-subhead”>Avoid Wearing an Underwire Bra for the First Two Months

Underwire bras can cause unnecessary complications and should be avoided for the first two months following surgery. These complications include irritation caused by the wire rubbing against the skin (something that you may not notice due to possible numbness). Patients who have an infra-mammary incision should be especially careful as an underwire bra is capable of displacing the implants if it is worn too often or too soon. The underwire is often improperly shaped and provides inadequate support of the breast shortly after surgery.

Bra Shopping

Once it’s time to begin shopping for new bras, patients will find that they have to greatly adjust their previous size and style choices. Many bras no longer fit comfortably after breast augmentation due to the changes in shape that come with implants. On the other hand, many bras that didn’t work for you before may now look great! When picking a bra, women should keep a few key fitting tips in mind:

  • A band that rides up in the back is a sign of a poor fit. The band of the bra should remain at the same level as the front.
  • Bra straps should not have to be shortened in order to lift the breasts. If this is the case a smaller size may offer a better fit.
  • Any excess space between the nipple and the cup of the bra is a sign of a bad fit.

Patients may want to consider being re-measured to find out their perfect fit.


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